Listen to This Sound Collage…
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Part I – If You Didn’t Care – 0:00 – 1:22
Part II – On This Day – 1:22 – 6:41
Part III – Our Most Desperate Hour – 6:41 – 10:22
Total Length: 10:22
From an album in progress called: Weapons of Mass Communication
About This Sound Collage
When I started working on this collage I chose to use pre-recorded music (instead of creating new music) because it made it a bit more like doing a radio show, and by using music that has a popular familiarity it allows me, as an artist, to make use of the mental baggage that comes along with it.
Every listener will already have memories, ideas and thoughts associated with the music pieces before they even hear this collage, and while they listen, their brain will pull from those memories and that will help emotionally color the way they hear this piece.
For myself, Pink Floyd has huge baggage. I won’t even begin to explain all the different ways Pink Floyd and their music have influenced my life and the way I hear sound and the spaces between moments of sound.
This collage starts with Pig On The Wings, Part I from Pink Floyd’s 1977 album Animals, an album I’ve been listening to a lot lately…
If you didn’t care what happened to me,
And I didn’t care for you,
We would zig zag our way through the boredom and pain
Occasionally glancing up through the rain.
Wondering which of the buggars to blame
And watching for pigs on the wing.
Part I – If You Didn’t Care
Background Music Piece – Pigs On The Wings – Part I – from Animals by Pink Floyd – Effects added
- Howard Beale from Network, the 1976 film that won four Oscars and was nominated for Best Picture
- Several Morpheus quotes from The Matrix, the 1999 film which also won four Oscars
Part II – On This Day
Background Music Piece – Downpressor Man – Bob Marley and The Wailers – Trenchtown Box Set – Sampled and looped
- Leonard Cohen spoken word introduction to his song Democracy from a live recording made in Switzerland in 1993 (I’m not sure how you can find this recording but here’s a link to his album The Future which this song came from)
- Johnny Cash reading The New Testament, quotes taken from The Book of Revelations, Chapter 10
- Several quotes from Network
Part III – Our Most Desperate Hour
Background Music Piece – Shine On You Crazy Diamond – Part I from Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd, re-mixed by The Orb
- Several Princess Leia quotes from Star Wars (edited)
- Johnny Cash reading The New Testament, quotes taken from The Book of Revelations, Chapters 6, 10 and 14
- Several Morpheus quotes from Matrix
- Voices of people from Network
Notes on Links: I’ve added links to some of my source material so you can get your own copy.
The Johnny Cash CD set of him reading the New Testament is great, and the link goes to amazon.com – Thank you Christi and Louie for giving me the set as a gift!
I would also recommend the Bob Marley 4 CD Trenchtown Box Set – 80 classic Bob Marley and The Wailers songs from the early days (1969-1972) with that old school reggae feel and sound but this particular 4 CD set was a bootleg and unfortunately the Marley family received nothing for it – just a word of caution and respect.
Our Most Desperate Hour – or – I Don’t Have To Tell You Things Are Bad…
This sound collage reflects on the moment we are living in right now, in March 2010.
We live in a time with a lot of anger, disillusionment, discontent, with hopes deferred, and a growing disconnect between the top and bottom of society with a quickly evaporating middle… troubles, hatreds, run-away emotions and raw Americanism is simmering under the surface of everyday life, and being heated up more and more by AM radio and TV talking heads.
Every day our eyes and our ears are owned by the visuals and sounds of mass media advertising, programming and culture – with information overload until it all becomes a blur that wears you down, wears down your hopes and dreams, wears down your resistance to do anything more that just sit back and watch the show.
Meanwhile people move from sofa to bed to work to sofa to bed with more and more impotent rage running through their brain because they know this is wrong – very wrong. And it is true – this is very wrong.
But you can’t just sit and passively think about how wrong it is, how stupid Congress or The President is, how ripped off you’ve been… how dissed, pissed and dismissed you’ve been.
You can’t just sit around and hurt about your lost job or career, lost life savings, lost opportunities, lost elections…
But we do – and that just makes the whole pot simmer even more…
And – what makes it all worse is that we voted for change in November 2008. We were promised change, invited to invest our hope in this change and like the bank’s taxpayer financed bail-out, we seem to be on the losing end of our investment in hope.
All of this has lead to the questions which are the starting point for this piece – what happened to the change we were promised? Did our vote even matter?
On This Day
I remember the feeling of that night in November 2008 when Obama won the election, it was like something I had never felt before – like something in the cosmos went “snap” and the vibration of that snap went zooming around the globe.
It felt like it wasn’t just a person we were voting for, but for an idea and a dream, for change. And the whole world was watching, holding their breathe, hoping… and then cheering along with all of us as every TV news show announced with near synchronized timing the election results just moments before 8:00 pm our time on the west coast.
There was something too powerful in that moment for that change to just fade away.
Yeah, I can feel that something is going to change…
I felt the voice of the people that night when they said they had hope, when they voted in the secret ballots of their hearts for change…
If the politicians they voted for don’t bring the change, then it will come from somewhere. That’s just the way things go, and right now that’s where we are.
Change has come, and it’s boiling under the surface and it seems to be looking for someone to blame.
Change is inevitable. But how will we change, how much mercy and how much judgment will we have on those that brought us to this point – those things are being weighed in the hearts of very many people at this very time.
Mercy or Judgment. Care or Blame. Your decisions are being recorded in heaven’s unchangeable heart.
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Change Has Come – Parts I, II and III | Size: 14.25mb | Length: 10:22 | Bit Rate: 192 kbs (high quality)